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Lobster Hunting Gloves? California

Discussion in 'Underwater Hunting' started by napDiver, Oct 13, 2020.

  1. napDiver

    napDiver Nassau Grouper

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    Going to try lobster hunting this season. Any recommendations on gloves? I'm in California so spiny lobster, ~55-65 degree F, catch by hands only.

    I'm thinking of using a 2-3 mm gloves and putting some cut resistant gloves ontop. Can someone provide an amazon link or something of the sort? I see scuba gloves that say they are for lobster hunting, but they seem bulky and need to be replace anyways. While going to homedepot or looking on amazon, they have so many options, I just want one that's been tried and works for at least a season.

    Thanks all
     
  2. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    XSScuba Kevlar gloves?
     
  3. Can't Talk ... Diving

    Can't Talk ... Diving Nassau Grouper

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    A lot of people like kevlar gloves because they are tough but i am not a big fan as even in 3mm they are too thick for me. It's hard to feel anything when youre grabbing a bug in a hole. The stitching can be questionable too sometimes.

    I recommend gloves with syntheic leather Amara palms and fingers - tough but thin enough to give good tactile feedback. They last at least a season even with heavy use. They are usually pretty cheap.

    Mechanics work gloves also work but sometimes the material shreds too easily in saltwater. Wells Lamont brand hold up ok.
     
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  4. Julius SCHMIDT

    Julius SCHMIDT Nassau Grouper

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    Not the ultimate in spine protection however when crays brace and try and crush and strip the skin from the top of your hands against rocks and growths on the other side of the crevice these are nicely padded

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    and these I call brickies gloves good general protection

    3/4 Latex Coated Yellow Comarex Gloves With Jersey Cotton Lined - Buy Yellow Comarex Gloves,Jersey Lined Working Gloves,Winkle Gloves Product on Alibaba.com

    I keep them in a pocket until they are needed and they're cheep
     
  5. Can't Talk ... Diving

    Can't Talk ... Diving Nassau Grouper

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    I have used some of those rubber coated fabric gloves - some work great but on others the rubber gets gooey a day of two after being in the water and theyre a mess. The ones that hold up are fine and the price is right.

    There are some made of cut resistant Dynema fabric which is very tough but more expensive.
     
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  6. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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  7. Johnoly

    Johnoly ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'm from Florida & you can see from my pictures, we catch hundreds of lobsters diving. In the holes there are eels that try to bite us but your bugs at night are somewhat in the open. We use Hexarmor 9016 hospital waste gloves that are needle stick proof, you can find them all over the net for $30.. It stops anything that wants to get thru to your hand. But they have no thermal insulation. Mine last about 100 to 130 dives (~400 bug grabs).

    It's not that the gloves wear out. It's the high tech Foam Nitrile finger tip coating that get's thin. In bug hunting the the most important glove feature is that "balance" between "too sticky, too slick, and just RIGHT". If the palm is glossy plastic like hardware store garden gloves, it's hard to hold a grip on the antenna knuckles. If the finger tips are plain kevlar, they will catch and hang up on the antenna as you try to work your fingers down to the head and the antenna will just snap and you'll lose the bug. The foam nitrile are "just enough" grip and slip to get the bug out of the hole. Yes you can catch them in the wide open on the sand avoiding the antenna, but ask any Good bug hunter where they grab most of their bugs at.

    Season already started for you there. Ask your favorite dive boat who is their best bug hunter and ask to be introduced to them. We'll always help new hunters !!
     
  8. napDiver

    napDiver Nassau Grouper

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    Thanks everyone for your input and links. Highly appreciate your time.

    After trying some kevlar gloves (I don't like how thick they are) and Dyneema spearfishing gloves (these felt fine), I'm going to try Hexarmor. Even though I dive 56-60F water, I tend to dive gloveless for the feel and dexterity. When I do need gloves, I have a pair of .5 mm. I'm going to just use the hexarmor and/or with my .5 mm gloves. If these don't work Ill go to the dyneema spearfishing gloves. I think we will be happy to grab 100 lobsters in a season, so this should last us quite a bit.

    Cheers
     
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  9. Can't Talk ... Diving

    Can't Talk ... Diving Nassau Grouper

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    100 bugs in a season would be a bumper year for most people let alone a first season but best of luck. Personally, after a couple of lobsters at the beginning of the season i get burned out on the taste and go back to hunting fish. Bugs are fun to chase though!
     
  10. napDiver

    napDiver Nassau Grouper

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    I agree. At this point, I'll be happy if we even catch one lobster xD.
     

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